Saturday, June 30, 2012

It is time for us to breakup

My daughter is one of the funniest people I have ever met.  She has a way with words that really crack me up.  Her car is 10 years old and has a 160,000 miles on it and she really needs a new car.  Before I go any further with this story I have to tell you the car she had before this one had about 230,000 miles on it when she said goodbye to it.  Two weeks ago she took her car in for its oil change and the mechanic told her she needed a new serpentine belt.  That was a $100.00 dollar bill.  Now we all told her the next thing to go was going to be the alternator but she knew better.  Now she travels alot for her job so she really has to have a dependable car.  On thursday she was way out of town on business when her car started doing weird things.  She called her husband and said what do I do?  He said turn around and get home to the nearest car dealership to get your car looked at.  Ok,  drivers ed 101 turn off the air conditioning and radio to save the battery.  Mind you it is 100 degrees outside.  She is dressed in work clothes so by the time she got back into town she was a sweaty mess.  We now get a call from daughter and the first thing she says is, can I talk to father.  Humm, she called her dad father which means something is up.  Now I hear husband laughing hysterically.  Yup,  the alternator went in the car.  Which is another $400.00.  We told her 2 weeks ago this was going to happen and did she listen NO.  Now she is at the point where she has to buy a new car before this one makes her broke.  Her husband and her parents have been telling her for a year that she has to buy a new car.  Now what makes this story ever more bizarre is her husband works for a car dealership.  One of the biggest in the state.  While daughter was going to college she worked at a car dealership also so getting a good deal is not the issue she just can't part with this car.  As I stated the previous car was past the point of retirement and she wouldn't buy a new one, so the general manager of the dealership she worked at picked out a car and said here this is your new car.  You don't have a choice in this just sign the papers.  They practically gave the car to her.  If I told you what they sold the car to her for, you would all fall off your chairs.  Back to the story.  After the alternator was fixed she decided to look for a car.  She told me it is ok mom I had a long talk with the car and told it, it was time for us to break up.  I am now mad at you and our relationship is over.  Really,  now I am laughing hysterically.  Her husband is past the point of having any patience with her, because she is really picky when it comes to getting a new car.  I will look at this one...she gets in turns over the engine and says no and gets out.  WHAT?  no fuzzy feeling here.  Now her husband has picked out a really nice car for her and she likes it...but no fuzzy feeling and says no I am not ready to get into a long term relationship with it.  We don't mesh.  Daughter are you going to trade in your old car?  and have strangers driving my car no I am giving it to father to tinker with.  Oh goodie.   Daughter did test drive a bunch of cars today but still no fuzzy feeling.  I will keep you posted on the search for the perfect car. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It is way too hot outside for the cat

The temp today is pushing 94 and the queen of a cat wants to go outside.  I said no it is way too hot.  She proceeded to protest saying she didn't care.  I finally gave in and told her go outside and see for yourself.  Don't worry she cannot leave the yard as we have a 8 foot fence.  I kept my eye on her.  First she was under a chair resting in the shade then she moved to the porch still in the shade.  About 6 minutes outside there she was bellowing at the door to come inside.  I said what too hot outside?  She then turned to me and gave me a very dirty look and immediately flopped and layed down on the cool kitchen floor.  It was like ok you win.  It is too hot outside.  Well that shut her up for the day. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I just went to the grocery store to pick up a few items. When I went to check out the clerk was talking to the current customer. The clerk was complaining about someone saying she needs to get a job or something I am paying for her and her kids....etc. Do you get the... picture?....When I was checking out the clerk said to me do you want to know what I was talking about? Ok, she then explained that she just had a customer that had a food stamp voucher and are you ready.....the voucher was for $6,864.00 yes I said $6,864.00. The women had 10 kids and was pregnant with number 11. The complaining was because we as tax payers are paying for her kids and her huge food stamp voucher. I would add my own personal note, but I am at a loss for words.

Its raining cats and dogs

This afternoon I saw the police car had the street blocked on romayne ave and jacato drive so I decided to go see what it was all about.  As I was walking to the corner I could hear loud laughter and kids screaming with delight.  I thought oh they didn't did they?....Now keep in mind it is 90+ outside and sure enough when I rounded the corner the fire truck was there shooting water high up into the air and the fireman had the fire hose out showering the kids with water.  Not only little kids but big kids and adults were playing in the showering water that was coming from the truck.  Keep in mind most of these kids have never even ran through a sprinkler.  They were also handing out popsicles.  There was one little boy and that came up to me and with sheer joy on his face and  voice he is raining cats and dogs.  He then went on to tell me a whole story which most of I didn't get because he was talking so fast.  He was so excited.  The police officers that work the cop house are trying really hard to make Jacato drive better and to give the kids something to do other than get into trouble.  It was really fun watching the kids have so much fun.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

This carpeting has to go

I thought this project was going to be easier than it was.  Our whole house is carpeted.  We bought the house that way.  We knew that there were hard wood floors underneath but with the dog we didn't want to scratch up the floors with her claws so the carpet stayed.  Our dog passed away and of course we got a new dog and still the carpet stayed again for the same reason.  In the beginning it was good but as time went by it was like this carpet has to go.  We removed the diningroom carpet about 10 years ago but left the rest.  Why I don't know.  Time really gets away from you and after 27 years with this probably 1970s carpet it really has to go. It was past being brown and ugly.  So on Friday 6/15 daughter came over and we began what we thought was going to be easy removal of this carpet.  What we were not counting on is how well this carpet was installed back when.   Daughter cut the carpet and I pulled and rolled and that padding underneath my gosh how many staples did you have to use.  Now you are asking where is my husband in all of this...well he had surgery on Wednesday and with his stitches he is under doctors rules to do nothing for the next 2 weeks.  The carpet around the base boards is nailed and stapled.  They were really planning on this carpet lasting a life time.  So far it has.  It is just the color is brown and it is ugly.   We started in the morning and by 3pm we still had not gotten the hallway done.  Oh heaven help me.  My fingers are bandaged and bleeding from cutting them on the staples, I have brusies on my legs and my hands are now swollen.  I really don't have much left to give in this pulling out the carpeting.  My daughter is tired and she is use to this.  She has ripped out more carpeting and by herself yet.  So finally she said I am calling in reinforcements.  She called her best friend since grade school and said get your butt over her and help rip up this carpet.  The highlight of the day was when my daughter and her best friend were sitting on the floor pulling staples and they were talking and reminiscing about grade, jr high and high school and all of the sleepovers etc.  I wasn't going to cook so I called and orders sub sandwiches and it was like this really brings back memories with all of the times she ate over at our house.  While we were all eating and talking about old times,  I said do you want to spend the night.  It was in that one split second that I forgot that my daughter is married and so is her best friend and her friend has a 5 year old son.    We all had a good laugh.  When they went back to work I turned on QVC and daughters friend said thats what was missing.  Ok we are now in a total flashback.  Finally about 8pm the livingroom and hallway was carpet free.  Still carpet in the bedrooms that will have to wait until another day.  Today I continued trying to pull out the rest of those pesky staples and sand down where that padding grew attached to the floor.  Will I ever have carpet in my house again...NO, it is not worth the hassle of removing it.   But what I did get from this was a wonderful day with my daughter and her best friend reminiscing about days gone bye. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DALLAS is back on tv tonight don't miss it

I cannot wait to see the new Dallas tonight on tnt.  I was one of the biggest Dallas fans and loved, loved the show.  It is about time they brought it back.  My daughter was little at that time and she even knew that come Friday night at 9pm we watched Dallas.  She has been sending me messages all day saying mom tonight is DALLAS.   I cannot wait.....

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I am going to DisneyWorld after I graduate

Last Sunday all the schools in our city celebrated graduation from high school and college.  As I look back about 5 years I remember how my daughter celebrated her graduation from college.  I thought you might get a chuckle out of this.  Her graduation day ceremony was beautiful andl her dad and I were so proud of her.  She was a double major and graduated with honors.  Did she want a big party, that is how mom would have went but no she had other ideas.  As the day came close our daughter told us of her plans....she was going to DisneyWorld.  When?...right after the ceremony and what if the ceremony runs long.....then I guess I will leave in the middle of it.  Now my head is spinning.  Friends and relatives were there all watching the big event.  I was taking what pictures I could like a fool.  We did not have good seats so all I got was distant pictures.  Her boyfriend was there.  He is now her husband and almost to the end of the event he gets up and leaves....what is he doing....he has to go get the car and bring it to the curb so they can leave.  Too close,  the graduates are walking down the isle after the ceremony and daughter turns to us and waves goodbye.  Out the building she goes to her waiting car and they speed off to the airport to catch the plane to Florida.  DisneyWorld here we come.  Did mom get those once in a life time pictures of the graduate NO.   Other parents are in the hall all busy taking pictures but not me.  Thats my daughter. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

AAA is ripping us off again

In todays mail we got a letter from AAA regarding our home owners insurance.  It stated that when your policy comes up for renewal in September one of the items that is going to be taken out is the hurricane coverage for carports and Florida rooms that are made out of aluminum. can buy additional insurance a rider for those items.  WHAT....I have it then you are going to take it away and let me have it again at an additional premium.  We called AAA and asked about this and wanted to know is this a AAA thing or is this a Florida thing.  The person could not answer that question, they will get back to us on that.  Also,  our deductible per AAA is $2500.00 and now they are raising it to $3000.00.  Either which way you look at this we are getting screwed.  You can file a claim but you won't get anything because they keep raising the deductible or you can pay more for the rider and you still won't get anything when you file a claim.  We need to find out some answers before we start looking for another insurance provider.  The good thing is the sink hole clause still remains.  I guess if my house gets blown away by a hurricane I better dig a big hole so it gets sucked up by a sink hole.  I will be covered then. 

Do you want to be my friend?

When the dog and I went for our walk today we passed the house where a big german shepard dog lives.  He was in the driveway which has a cyclone gate fence.  He barks at us and jumps.  I can tell by the way he jumps, it is only about 6 inches that he is old and probably has bad hips.  Today was different.  He was barking at us and then ran back towards the yard when he came back he had in his mouth a large furry dog toy that looked like a ground hog and it squeeked.  He was looking at Helmsley (my dog) and waging his tail and squeeking his toy.  He then put it down on the ground barked at us, picked it back up and squeeked it again.  I finally figued out he was telling Helmsley do you want to be my friend and play with my squeeker toy.  Please, Please be my friend,  lets play.   It was just too darn cute. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chevrolet vs Mercedes

Today my husband and I went shopping at Sams Club and since he is on the quest to buy a jeep, bronco blazer we have to check out the cars in the lot.  Yes I know we are at a grocery store.  When we came out the women that was parked next to us had a brand new black suv.  My husband was playing 20 questions with her about it and she explained that she had a Lexus (should have been a hint) but she really likes this better.  My husband says to her is this the Chevrolet Equinox?  She gave him this look and replied no this is a Mercedes.  Oops...... moving on....did my husband feel stupid or what.  Lets see 94,900 for the fully loaded Mercedes vs my little Subaru.    Hopefully we will not have to play 20 questions with anyone else.